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Ratfish

(Jul 1 4:51 p.m.)

So I managed to attend Saturday group.  It seemed more welcoming this time around, and I responded to questions from across the room, though few.  I know it doesn’t sound like much of an accomplishment to speak up, but it was better than not responding at all, which happened in a past month… probably last year.

God, so much time has passed so fast.

(Jul 1 4:51 p.m.)

Time becomes a blur when you avoid the difficulties of the day.  But I know time isn’t lost; the memories can become compartmentalized, harder to access when less involved or interconnected.

(Jul 1 2:42 p.m.)

During break, virtually everyone left the room.  Some walked outside; I did just that.  It was an opportunity to get better, newer photos of the park area. Continue reading Ratfish

Restlessness… and flowers

Rain on the first Monday of June. (Jun 5 3:03 p.m.)

Summer solstice is less than a week away, and my Friday was filled with rain.  And I don’t mean crying when I say rain, even though I have plenty to cry about.  I upgraded my mobile plan (more for less), and got back into programming, rewriting expansion sound in the console emulator… and my sleeping habits have turned to crap again.  I didn’t quite feel like living yesterday morning.  But enough about that.

(Jun 5 3:04 p.m.)

Thanks to the magic of photography, you can virtually go back in time to when there were blue skies.

(Jun 7 4:12 p.m.)
(Jun 14 5:46 p.m.)

Nothing says summer like your front yard looking like a jungle.  Every year looks like this now. Continue reading Restlessness… and flowers

Green light

By the street. (May 28 2:55 p.m.)

It’s a gray Memorial Day, so I’ll let yesterday and sunny days previous speak for the season.  Summer is closing in now.  The green leaves have filled the view of the windows.

(May 19 11:24 a.m.)

And the front yard is filling up. …Over brown leaves that have yet to dissolve.

(May 17 2:13 p.m.)

And to think, this is what these leaves looked like only two weeks ago. Continue reading Green light

Another day at the beach (Part I)

Anjon’s fountain is up and running (some hours). (May 13 12:31 p.m.)

I needed to get away from the house.  Being housebound does not a healthy mind make.  The destination, I guess, didn’t matter considering I geared for the library but wound up at the beach, and didn’t mind.  Twice in three days… I did mind that.  It was a day of playing random music with the iPhone… and again wondering why the heck Bob Dylan made “Ring Them Bells”.

(May 13 12:15 p.m.)

I noticed the purple flowers are (or were) in style— as seen outside some businesses and neighborhoods, on the way to the beach, and even in our own town.  The above appear to be garden phlox… but I’m not sure.

Taraxacum officinale. (May 13 12:57 p.m.)

Dandelions were everywhere near the parking lot.

(May 13 1:02 p.m.)

Continue reading Another day at the beach (Part I)

Immature, but slowly pushing forward

Early rain. (May 12 7:55 a.m.)

Summer solstice is now only forty days away.  But spring here still has a ways to go.  The birds may be singing, and the seasonal clothes may be lighter, but the leaves and buds are still in their early stages.

A fibrous early start. (May 11 3:40 p.m.)

Soft greens, and even reds, immature plant blooms come in a variety of shapes and colors.  This time the iPhone camera is being used to capture the early state of the budding, particularly the “front porch plant” buds.  (Click a photo to enlarge.) Continue reading Immature, but slowly pushing forward

In full bloom

(May 4 12:41 p.m.)

The greens have sprouted.

(May 6 12:10 p.m.)

And yeah, you know it’s a cooler climate when it takes until May for them to show.  But they’re here now.  And, as you can see, with the wet leaves, it’s been raining lately.

(May 3 3:32 p.m.)

One day— probably the 4th— it was partly cloudy, such there was drizzle at the same time you could see blue in the skies.

(May 6 12:09 p.m.)

Buds are appearing on the plant that grew through a railing of the front porch. Continue reading In full bloom

Turn of Fall

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Some berries… across the street. (Sep 22 5:49 p.m.)

Frost advisories, yay. 😐 The estimated overnight low is 42°F (and colder in some parts).  Still okay during the day— so far, I’ve braved the (moderate) climate, sporting a jacket only when there’s rain.

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Morning rain. (Sep 19 10:35 a.m.; two days prior to autumnal equinox)

The decline in sunlight and heat hasn’t stopped all growth.  Some flowers have held together… or even bloom, possibly.

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(Sep 22 5:31 p.m.)

These two stood out; I thought they were white, but on second glance I noticed a purplish tint to them.

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Best focus I could achieve with the camera… (Sep 24 5:37 p.m.)

Continue reading Turn of Fall

Final Days of Summer (Part I)

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(Sep 15 2:19 p.m.)

Last week of the season.  More red leaves are showing up, and the temperatures are dropping with them, into the 40s F.  At least where I live.

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(Sep 15 2:17 p.m.)

September 11 was not only the 15th anniversary for the worst day of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, it was also a day of debris at home.  Powerful winds and thunderstorms.  Dark skies during the day, and, for some odd reason, the ground was dry in the afternoon.

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(Sep 11 5:29 p.m.)

Most of the greens are still mostly green.  Maybe not quite verdant now, but in the green range.

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(Sep 11 5:31 p.m.)

And the digital lens on the smartphone camera is still too sensitive.

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Overexposure that probably shouldn’t occur this much. (Sep 3 5:12 p.m.)

The flowers at USM Portland are still vibrant.

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(Sep 13 2:03 p.m.)

Yes, after months of virtual solitude, I finally got off the property.  The main impetus: uploading large files because I don’t have inexpensive broadband at home.  Unfortunately, no one seemed to appreciate what I uploaded… countless hours of fixing up music to sound much better, and… sigh, I guess I did it for me alone, then.  (It was game level music, but still…)

The 13th at the library (and then some) was nevertheless an opportunity to take lots of new photos to complete the first half of the month. Continue reading Final Days of Summer (Part I)

Summer update

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(June 30 4:13 p.m.)

Well, the flowers are back at USM Portland.

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(June 30 4:12 p.m.)

…Flowers that don’t seem native to Maine. …Not that I would know.

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(June 30 4:13 p.m.)
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(June 30 4:13 p.m.)

Back at home, the ‘wilted’ wild flower bloomed…

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(June 29 1:25 p.m.)

…Before shedding all of its petals.

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(July 3 3:20 p.m.)
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(July 4 12:10 p.m.)
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Now TIQA Café and Bakery. (June 30 4:31 p.m.)

In other things, the 1894 Castle in Deering Oaks Park has now become the operating sight of a new café and bakery.  For the official website, click here.

Continue reading Summer update

Impressions of Summer

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(Shot through the screened kitchen window.) (May 31 11:10 a.m.)

One month is all it took for the plant life around the house to become thick with leaves, turning the light entering the house green… not to mention the warmer temperatures.

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The flippin’ caterpillars are out.  (A few rainy days, too.) (June 3 3:47 p.m.)

…And the insects were all over the scene.

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Tiny flies, attaching themselves to the leaves… (June 6 7:09 p.m.)

The flowers need pollinating, of course.  Which brings to mind the fact that the bees are out.  Didn’t get any non-blurry images of those.
Continue reading Impressions of Summer